Location of photoDenver, CO
Date/Time of photoSeptember 25-29, 2006
EquipmentStellarvue SV115 refractor at f/5.6 on a Takahashi EM200 Temma-2 German equatorial mount. SBIG ST2000XM CCD camera with Astrodon 6nm hydrogen-alpha filter and RGB filters
DescriptionNGC 281 is a busy workshop of star formation. Prominent features include a small open cluster of stars, diffuse emission nebula, and dark lanes of obscuring gas and dust. The dust lanes visible below center are likely homes of star formation. Particularly striking are the dark Bok globules visible against the bright nebula. The NGC 281 system, dubbed the Pacman nebula for its overall shape, lies about 10,000 light years distant.